Emma Jane Unsworth

These things you treasure, how often they're somebody else's trash
Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (Paperback ISBN 9781838850333) book cover

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The critically acclaimed, raucous celebration of female friendship … Now a major new film


‘There’s no ceremony for friendship, is there?

‘Believe me, if I could marry you too, Tyler, I would.’

Laura and Tyler are best friends and drinking buddies. But things are set to change when Laura gets engaged to the man of Tyler’s nightmares. Can their friendship survive? Or will growing up mean growing apart?

“An utterly triumphant ode to female friendship”

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Animals beautifully navigates the complexities of intimate relationships. Never cloying or mawkish, it communicates vulnerability, dependence and tenderness, often in a single dazzling line … Like a riotous, careening night out, full of bellowing laughter and absurd details, this is a book you’ll be talking about for years to come. It marks Unsworth as a tremendous talent”
Kerry Hudson

“What makes this novel so fresh are the unexpected turns the story takes and the vividness, urgency and idiosyncratic panache of Unsworth’s writing”
new York Times

Animals is a riot. A kind of drunker, swearier Girls. I loved it”
Matt Haig

“Hilarious, moving and poetic”

Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth is a journalist and won the Betty Trask Award for her novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything. Her short story ‘I Arrive First’ was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012. In 2019, the film adaptation of Animals, directed by Sophie Hyde and starring Holliday Grainger, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

There’s a new film based on Emma Jane Unsworth’s brilliant novel Animals, which is going to be in cinemas early next month!

Emma Jane Unsworth at excellent live literary night Book Slam, reading from Animals.